Fooled by language

From The Times: December 17, 1921
Hoaxes sometimes have their uses in reducing certain states of mind to an absurdity. By playing on some common credulity they show how blind it is. One has just happened in America. A lecture by “an intimate friend and pupil of Freud” was given at Ithaca, New York State, to a packed and brilliant audience. The friend and pupil of Freud naturally discoursed on dreams. “A dreamer,” he said, “does know what he dreams, but he does not know what he knows and therefore believes what he does not know.” It is a very true account of some psychology, but the audience were not aware that the lecture was a parody. Indeed, it was such a success that the hoaxers were frightened and would have kept the joke to themselves, if it had not been revealed in picture postcards, both disguised and undisguised. And now, we may guess, they are not popular in Ithaca, especially as a large part of the faculty and undergraduates of Cornell University were hoaxed.

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